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College of Education Student Nationally Honored as Kinesiology and Health Promotion “Major of Year”

The Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) honored University of Kentucky College of Education student Barry Phillips as a “Major of the Year” during the organization’s 133rd National Convention & Expo in March in Nashville, Tenn.  The award celebrates outstanding undergraduate students in the health, physical education, recreation and

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Barry Phillips

dance professions who are nominated by a faculty advisor or professor.

“The outstanding achievements of future professionals like Barry is integral to the caliber of the individuals SHAPE America is looking for to teach standards-based health and physical education programs to our nation’s children,” said SHAPE America President Fran Cleland of West Chester University (PA).

Phillips is in his final semester of undergraduate work at UK, where he is student teaching at Rosa Parks Elementary and the STEAM Academy in health and physical education. Phillips also coaches basketball and swimming in the community.

“I’m honored to be recognized for this prestigious award by SHAPE America,” Phillips said. “My goal is to help change the way we view physical activity, health, and wellness in a more positive light in our society. With this award, I believe this strengthens my ability to deliver that message to children and young adults within the school system.”

In May of 2018 Phillips will graduate with a B.S. in Kinesiology and Health Promotion.

“I nominated Barry for this award because I think the exudes all the characteristics we desire in a physical education major at the University of Kentucky,” said Dr. Heather Erwin, associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion. “He is responsible and mature, focused and intelligent, and most of all, he wants to make a positive difference in the lives of kids. I think Barry is quite deserving of this honor, and we are pleased he is being honored for all his hard work and dedication to the profession.”

For more information about SHAPE America’s National Convention & Expo, visit the website and follow #SHAPENashville.